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Family Exercise at Home

Friday, May 27th, 2016

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Family Exercise at Home

By the statistics, children are spending more and more time in front of a TV or buckled into a car seat.  This type of sedentary activities can lead to learned behaviors that may carry on to their adulthood (sedentary lifestyle or obesity).  In addition, regular activity ensures healthy development and strengthening of a child’s lungs, heart, muscles, and improving their motor skills.

Since exercise is good for everyone, below are some examples of some activities the entire family can do, not only helping to improve the health of your children, but your own in the process as well:

Turn on Some Music and Dance

While many people lack the audacity to dance in public, few hesitate to dance around at home with their kids.  You can find songs that the kids know or anything that they just want to get down to.  Getting engaged with your children during dancing gets them working their entire bodies and is a great way to have fun with the kids while getting into better shape.

Go for Pre-Dinner Walks

Going for a walk with the family is a great way to get some exercise in as well as share your day with the family.  This can be done any time of the day where you have a solid 20-30 minutes of free time available.  Ideally, walks are best before meals, as after meals, the blood is used digesting the food in your belly and as such, less is in the muscles for exercise.

Make Chores into Games

Sweeping can be turned into a game of wiping away dust monsters.  Putting away chores can be made into a game where the toy box is a safe area and the floor is going to turn into lava.  There are plenty of ways that just about any household chore can be turned into a game, making it a family event that the kids will actually enjoy.

Get Some Exercise During Commercials

By making up childish nicknames for things like push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and the like can turn it into a fun event for the kids.  During breaks, the family all does them together until the show comes back on.

Make Daily Activities a Workout

When you go to the supermarket, have your child walk instead of riding in the shopping cart.  Take the stairs instead of the escalator whenever possible.  Park at the far end of the parking lot for an extra walk.  There are plenty of ways to turn daily routines into a physical activity.

Have a Sports Night

Find a regular family event to get the family up and moving.  If you have a Dave & Busters nearby, play the physical activities, like air hockey, basketball, or other physically demanding games.  Play laser tag.  Go to your local batting cage.  You can even make up games for at home, like cards with activities on it that each family member draws from.  You can even get a premade deck such as this from fitdeck.com.

Physical Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Parkinsons

Parkinson’s is a debilitating disease whose symptoms include: tremors, slowed movement, restricted range of motion, balance issues, and more.  While there are a few hypotheses that seek to find the cause of Parkinson’s, the best research to date has shown it to be a combination of both environmental exposure to toxins combined with genetic factors.  Although Parkinson’s is something that is hard to predict, there are steps that can be taken to slow this disease and continue to live a high quality of life for years and years to come.  Since initial symptoms of the disease varies greatly from individual to individual, treatment also differs considerably.  A physical therapist will assess the medical documentation provided by the healthcare professional as well as other health and lifestyle questions to find the most effective plan for the client’s needs.  

One form of therapy that is consistent regardless of the individual is aerobic exercise.  The exercise is typically focused on what is termed “learning-based” exercises, which is intended to protect the body from further neurological damage.  These exercises will challenge a variety of muscles in the body while at the same time engaging the cardiovascular system (heart, lungs, etc.).  One of the intentions of this type of exercise is to stave off the balance issues associated with Parkinson’s, as many of the exercises seek to improve posture, core strength, and overall health.  

The exercises will be challenging and may even seem a bit daunting to some clients at first, but the benefits are well worth it.  The therapist will seek to challenge the client in a variety of ways, doing a variety of different exercises.  Some of the types of exercises the client might do on their own to help themselves are:

  • Dancing
  • Step classes
  • Sports
  • Yoga
  • Various outdoor activities

The therapist may also encourage the client to do some exercises outside of therapy, such as walking, swimming, or simply finding ways to include more physical activity throughout one’s day.  While the activity can seem frustrating to an individual as they become more and more challenging, pushing through that difficulty is what helps to fight the effects of Parkinson’s.  

While strength training can be advantageous for a person dealing with Parkinson’s disease, this is something that will most likely be done (at least initially) under direct supervision of the therapist.  The intention of strength training is to maintain muscle mass and strength.  In addition, strengthening specific muscles can also improve posture and in turn, balance.  

Another important element of therapy is stretching.  Stretching helps maintain flexibility, improves blood flow through the muscles, and is a great way for the client to fight Parkinson’s.  The therapist will determine what stretching exercises are best suited for the client and may also recommend some stretching be done outside of appointments as well.

While Parkinson’s disease is a tough condition to battle, there are professionals out there who can help.  Though we are still trying to find a way to prevent or cure the disease, therapists and other healthcare professionals are constantly researching more effective ways to battle the disease and help their patients live the best quality of lives as possible.  With proper therapy, many people with Parkinson’s can continue living their lives for years or even decades without any significant impact.  So, if you or someone you know is suffering from this disease, make sure that they are getting the proper care and taking steps with a professional to keep themselves in the best health as possible.